wow, a post from seven years ago.
I don't like descriptions like this because I feel like they'd lead a blind person to believe that seeing colors is this crazy synesthesia experience that they are missing out on.
I've thought about this some and assuming the person you were talking to understood the concepts of light and darkness and was familiar with x,y,z graphing, I'd explain it as colors being on the z axis of light and dark.
I have achromatopsia aka literally colorblind ( not that fake mix colors up and get to put on some glasses and supposedly see colors for the “first time” . Most people that are colorblind can’t tell the difference in colors like blue and purple they will look identical but they can still see blue or purple as the cause of there “color confusion” is the damaged rods (or cones I get them mixed) where as my condition which affects 1 out of 33 Clinically diagnosed color blind people causes me to live a black and white movie, extremely hyper sensitive to light ( can’t drive a car with a white hood the reflection is blinding) which during extremely bright days or being around reflective surfaces will give me such a migraine I start projectile vomiting and loose my balance and get those spots like you stated in the sun for 20 minutes, and we have tried to have this conversation multiple times about how to describe color to someone who doesn’t see it and no one can explain what Red, blue, green,yellow etc. the usual answer to what does green look like is “ um the grass” or the “blue sky”.
I honestly don’t know if I would want to see color especially with All these crazy colors and potentially hundreds if not thousands of shades of colors ( thank god crayola wrote the colors on the crayons... nothing worse then getting those cheap brands as a kid out to dinner and having no fucking clue what is what) while on the subject not too long ago someone asked me do i get tired of seeing the same black white and gray shades all the time that they have to always repaint and change colors around as they get old and I started to think about it and try to explain that color isn’t something I consider when looking at something. When i see a beautiful car I think wow that’s a beautiful Porsche GT3 I don’t think wow that’s a beautiful silver Porsche. Color has never been there for me so when I look at things I don’t have that subconscious thought process over colors of things. I can retain a lot of details about situations that most people don’t observe and I think that my brain has developed differently at least in the through process aspect and from what I think would make sense is like a computer... if our brains are running along and using a certain amount of power for everything and that number for the sake of this example is 70 percent which handles everything from breathing to seeing... if a certain portion of your brain is dedicated to using power to decode color ( when you see a green shirt the shirt isn’t technically green that’s just your brains interpretation of the light that’s being reflected from the shirt so what you know as green may look different that what the next person would see and consider green just look at that dress that everyone saw different and there has been a few more of those situations since then as well everyone thinks there is a universal standard and when you get down into these levels if everyone sees green different how would anyone explain green to me? ) so if my brain doesn’t waste the time and effort into seeing and processing color does that mean that the brain power that was normally reserved for that task is diverted to another task like what I referred to earlier about noticing more things ( in Vietnam they would take people with my eye sight to point out the enemy encampments becuase they couldn’t use the camo nets to hide camps or weapons and my uncles use to love me as a hunting partner as camouflage doesn’t affect me which allows me to see shapes that would normally blend in through optical illusions. I would see a deer standing there clear as day in the brush when an average person could be shown where it was standing and still have it blend in
It just describes what the particular redditor has come to associate with each color, based primarily on his own culture and experience.
For example, red is "hot and spicy" because he associates red with fire and red chili peppers. But there are green peppers like jalapenos that are also spicy. And a blue flame is hotter than a red flame. He associates yellow with butter, but someone else might say lemon (which is a very different sensation). Yellow reminds him of sunshine, but the sun only appears yellow on earth because of refraction through the atmosphere - it's actually white. Green is "earthy and comforting", but if you watch enough sci-fi movies, you might think of alien green ooze that is neither. Purple is "rich" because long ago it was hard to obtain both red and blue dyes used to make purple, so it became associated with wealth. Brown is "healing" though there are other things one can associate with the color - etymologically the word may have come from the word for bears (who are more destructive than healing).